[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ugust come she must, send us tropical swells, don’t be a bust. Oh yes, it’s doldrums time again my friends, when the ocean may not stir unless low pressure from the tropics causes it to. Surfers in the Bahamas turn one eye to Africa this time of year and the swirling weather systems that move off that continent, and one eye into the broader Caribbean region, where tropical storms are just as likely to form. Like it warm and steamy? Well August, which is typically the islands’ hottest month, is for you. Crawfish or spiny lobster season opens. Festivals and cook outs abound and locals take freely to warm water, its temperature reaching into the high 80s in some places. Yeah, you gotta sit in that for a while just to cool off some. As of press time, the tropics had been pretty quiet, but as we all know that can change in a hurry, and I think the weather experts up in Colorado are expecting to name some systems in 2015, although in recent years their best guesses have been most certainly only that.